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Collins, Rev. Joy

Location:Rochester, New York 14625
Phone:(585) 749-0695
E-mail:Rev. Joy Collins
Training:One Spirit Interspiritual Counseling Program

Supervision:Monthly meeting with supervisor
Member:The Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries 
Description:I was raised Roman Catholic and treasure some of the early gifts of that foundation. For many years I was a skeptic — a believer in simply the power of the rational, yet open mind. But the Mystery kept poking at me, and being a truth seeker, I expanded my search. At this point, I would say I have an abiding belief in the principle of "One God, Many Paths" and see myself as a bridge, a messenger of hope, a fellow-journeyer, and a humble listener.

For the last 15 years my spiritual and religious home has been at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York, where I am active in their Wellspring Program of Spiritual Deepening.

In 2011 I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister, from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York City. I am currently involved in their spiritual counseling program.

It is both an ancient and a modern tradition to sit with another who is on a spiritual journey. My role is as companion, not expert. My only expertise is in sacred listening and a deep presence to whatever shows up. I bring an open heart, a sense of humor, and a trust that my client’s inner wisdom will speak, given time and safe space. This is a heart as well as a head experience. It is a privilege to accompany a client as he or she grapples with life's big questions, anxieties, doubts and mysteries.

Usually clients meet with me once a month, either in person or by phone/Skype